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Schools: General Information

What a fabulous day for our @PresdalesSchool Year 11 Design and Technology girls @FrogmoreMill  Would recommend to all school settings and Key Stages, such a fantastic place, here in Hertfordshire!

We offer a range of education experiences and are able to adapt them for specific group need – just talk to us and we will see what we can do!  We can support your curriculum and engage your class in a variety of hands on workshops, tailored to requirement. We deliver to all abilities including special needs and home learning groups.  Everyone can get something from a visit to Frogmore Paper Mill.

Travel/Coaches/Arrival

Please note that Coaches cannot safely travel down Frogmore Road. Coach parking is available on site with the entrance being on Frogmore Road rather than Fourdrinier Way. Coach drivers should use the postcode HP3 9RW to navigate to the correct entry gates. On turning into Frogmore Road, the coach parking gates are on your immediate right. Passengers can safely disembark in the Coach Park. Ring us  5 minutes before you get here and we can be ready to open up when you arrive.

Group size

We take groups from 10 to 60 students, for a half or full day experience, but please be aware that groups of 60 need the full day visit. Groups of 12-15 will remain a single group, but larger numbers are broken into smaller sub-groups due to the practical nature of the activities and for reasons of Health and Safety in a working industrial location.

Timing

Typically groups arrive at 9.30 or 10 am for a 2.5 hour session, but we can do other variations, so please discuss your requirements with us. The individual workshops run for 30-40 minutes each, dependent on numbers as activities are largely hands-on. Every effort is made to run to time (a schedule is sent to you prior to arrival) but occasionally there may be delays due to machine problems.  We make every effort to ensure our visitors can see the 1902 Fourdrinier No4 in action but due to its age and production schedules, in very rare instances this may not be possible.

Schools are welcome to bring and eat a packed lunch here.  We build in time for a 15 minute refreshment break. Students may also visit the shop, where we have a range of smaller souvenir items from £1.

Health and safety

Teachers are invited to undertake a Health and Safety pre-visit by prior arrangement. Risk assessments are available for all activities and can be downloaded below. We are an industrial site and although our visitor centre is modernised, the working mill area is not and can be cold and wet, so please ensure your groups wear sensible clothing and footwear.

Costs

Students are charged at £6.50 + VAT per head, with staff and adult helpers up to our usual staff:student ratios free.

Key Stage 1 – 1:6
Key Stage 2 – 1:7
Key Stage 3 – 1:8
Key Stage 4 – 1:10

Please note that there is a minimum charge of £80+VAT, so if your group is of 12 or less, you may wish to add a couple more to your party and get full value from your funds.

Standard Modules

Presentation

Typically the session begins with a short presentation, which sets the scene for all that the group will see and do. Larger groups will be divided into smaller sub-groups to undertake papermaking, the mill tour and third/fourth workshop.

A plan of your day will be sent prior to arrival so that teachers are able to consider how they wish to divide the full group up.

All sessions begin with an introductory presentation as grounding for everything else we do.  This is followed by a papermaking session and mill tour, then a third workshop (2.5 hour booking) plus a fourth for whole day sessions.

The papermaking workshop picks up on facts presented in the introduction by demonstrating the papermaking process for making sheets by hand using a mould and deckle. Demonstrators make clear the professional process and how it is transferred to that of the machine.

The workshop is 90% hands on and students each make a sheet of paper. The paper is speed dried and made ready for the group to take away.

The tour enables students to see an industrial working environment and observe how the hand made process transfers to mechanisation. Our tours are guided by Frogmore staff or trained volunteers, many of them ex paper or print industry and very knowledgeable. Occasionally we have a new tour guide shadowing the tour. Any such persons will be introduced to you. All of our staff are interviewed and checked but we insist that there are always members of school staff with groups.  We try to limit tour groups to around 12, so a group of 30 children will become 3 groups once here.

Tours are always guided and group members must stay together. Health and safety is emphasised throughout. The tour starts with our visitor centre displays, covering Louis Nicholas Robert, pulping methods and the canals link.  There is much to reveal but tour guides will keep it relevant. The tour continues with letterpress and bookbinding and into the machine room where paper is still made almost daily on a 1902 Fourdrinier machine (No4).  The machine process is explained.  The tour guide can then lead your group to the mill race, Watford pulpers, No2 Fourdrinier (1895) and if there is time or specific interest, the Heritage Fire Brigade display.

Those on tour are free to ask questions.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click Here.

KS 1/2/3 Modules

Paper weaving is an ancient human craft with many applications which we encourage the young people to think about.  We can also liken it to the process of paper formation.

This is the simplest workshop aimed at our youngest visitors and requires some dexterity. It may also be useful to  special needs groups.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click Here.

Suitable for Key Stage 1, Braille begins with a Q&A session to see what groups already know and can share with others. This is followed by a run through of the life of Louis Braille, his invention and how the braille system works. Groups then carry out an exercise to test their understanding, ending with an opportunity to to type their name on one of our Perkins Braillers.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click here

Staff refer to its impact on mass communication and how many of our modern terms in general language and on computers can be traced back to Gutenberg’s invention.

The workshop is hands-on and each student will get a chance to have a go at printing with one of our Adana printing presses.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click Here.

Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2. This workshop builds on the the understanding of fibre that runs throughout the introduction, papermaking and the mill tour. It is useful for those looking at changing materials and manufacture.

Groups work in small teams and using digital microscopes, examine a variety of commonly used paper fibres to understand their individual qualities, then how these differences may be utilised by papermakers, to form different paper stocks. The session ends with a slide show of more highly magnified fibre images and examples their typical application.

The workshop is accompanied by individual worksheets on which students draw the fibres, describe their attributes and complete the questions.  These sheets are taken taken back to school and may be used for reference or further discussion in the classroom.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click Here.

The workshop is accompanied by individual worksheets on which students draw the fibres, describe their attributes and complete the questions.  These sheets are taken taken back to school and may be used for reference or further discussion in the classroom.

To download the Risk assessment for this module, Click Here.

To download the School Brochure, Click Here.

To download the Risk assessment, Click Here.

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I can’t thank you all enough for the hard work, time and effort you all put in yesterday.  The buzz around rooms and at the end of the day was fantastic – more than I was hoping for!  Students and staff alike were full of ideas and I know one school – not mine… – has already seen the head about things they want to do which is great!

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